Nov 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
governed in a far more moderate way than he talked before he became a politician. and i think particularly in the last four years something happened to conservatism and the republican party. my friends, tom man and norm stein got a lot of attention for their book. it's worse than what it looks. the republicans have become more radical and more determined to roll back not only parts of the new deal but parts of the great society. i don't think john boehner himself is that far to the right but he's got to worry about this caucus of his that i think does contain a lot of people who fit into that radical category and it's created a real problem for our politics, particularly in the last two years. >> and they also don't seem to really deal with facts because when you really dig down into it, the average tax rates for income 50 to $75,000, taxes were actually higher under reagan. in 2009, it was 27%. in '81 under reagan, it was 31%. so they are really selling a myth. they made reagan this great hero but when you actually watch, using your term how reagan governed, it is not exactly -- well, it'
Dec 5, 2012 3:00pm PST
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Dec 3, 2012 3:00pm PST
about the fact that in theory americans like small government. but in practice when you start talking about popular programs, they get very, very snippy about you threatening to cut anything. so what we have here is a situation where they've taken -- the republicans have taken away the presidential talking point of, well, republicans don't have a plan. but they have not taken away the talking point of, well, republicans want to cut all this so that they can keep tax cuts for the wealthiest americans. and until they address that issue, i think from a perform r standpoint this could remain politically disastrous for them. >> now, ezra, they keep talking, they being the republicans, like this was a status quo election. but you wrote today that they are in a weaker position this time around and know it. you wrote, boehner opens his latest letter by reminding the president that 2012 was a status quo election in which both you and the republican in the minority in the house were re-elected. that's technically true and in every other way incorrect. the fact is that 2012 was a democratic rall
Nov 29, 2012 3:00pm PST
a government that works. the message was resoundingly clear but speaker boehner didn't hear it. for the second time in as many years, he's stomping his feet, threatening to hold the economy hostage if he doesn't get what he wants in the tax fight. >> as i told the president a couple of of weeks ago, there are a lot of things i've wanted in my life but almost all of them have had a price tag attached to them. and if we're going to talk about the debt limit in this, be there's going to be some price tag associated with it. >> is he kidding? note to speaker boehner, you lost and now he's willing to hold the debt ceiling hostage again? willing to downgrade this country's rating again? willing to risk our recovery again. all to help the top 2%. it's flat out irresponsible. so what about those entitlement cuts? >> it's time for the president, congressional democrats to tell the american people what spending cuts they are really willing to make. >> what? he wants the democrats to outline those? he's a man calling for the cuts, right? >> speaker boehner, why would you not tell democrats what specific
Dec 4, 2012 3:00pm PST
there will be hell to pay for all of us, including them. the people running the government. the politicians. good politicians don't take their countries off of cliffs. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live from washington, d.c. tonight's lead, the end of an era. for more than 20 years republicans have calmed to the one policy that's crippled our ability to get things done in washington. do you remember this? >> read my lips. no new taxes. >> read my lips, no new taxes. george h.w. bush hammered that mantra to win the white house in 1988. but just two years later, the reagan deficits were skyrocketing and president bush was forced to change his most famous line. >> long and bitter battle over the budget officially ended last night. president bush put his signature on the deficit reduction package, including $140 billion in tax increases. >> tax increases. that was a turning point for the modern republican party. the right wing went crazy. and george bush lost re-election.